The summer months suit all-in-one ensembles. Whether you choose a midi, maxi, a wrap or shift, there is a dress for every occasion.
- Weekend brunch
Are you having brunch with friends? If so, choose a throw-on-and-go dress as your essential outfit. With maximum style but minimum effort, this gives you more time in bed. Avoid super-tight dresses and relax into looser fits that are more comfortable for lazy sit-down eating and gossiping. Your feet should embrace comfortable block heels or flats; alternatively, add some trainers and a chic backpack to complete your look.
2. Casual barbecue
At the first sign of sun, the summer barbecues appear in an instant. Get ready for a packed schedule of dining alfresco wearing a breezy shift. A linen dress in white with stripes is ideal for warm-weather moments, with a basket bag and fringe espadrilles reinforcing the feeling of being on holiday.
Unlike going out to dinner or drinks, there is no need to worry about what you are wearing or how your hair and makeup look. You can go from the beach to the barbecue with simply a pair of shorts; alternatively, for a smarter look, throw on a sundress or a tunic and white jeans with flats or flip flops.
3. Garden party
Garden parties are quintessentially British. For this occasion, flowing maxi dresses epitomise relaxed summer style and will keep you cool with their flowing fabric. Choose maxi dresses for an elegant yet carefree update to your wardrobe. Pair these dresses with pom-pom adorned jewellery and wedge sandals for a chic look – you are not at a club, so avoid stilettoes and blingy accessories. Whites, pastels and primary colours are key: steer clear of black and dark hues. Keep the Pimm’s flowing and partake of strawberries topped with cream!
Lifehack has some more advice on what to wear for every occasion.
4 Black tie
Black tie events are formal occasions that take place at night. A sophisticated look is called for – although cocktail dresses can work, this typically means a floor-length gown for women. Unlike going out to dinner or drinks, there is no need to worry about what you are wearing or how your hair and makeup look. You can go from the beach to the barbecue with simply a pair of shorts; alternatively, for a smarter look, throw on a sundress or a tunic and white jeans with flats or flip flops.
Choose a refined dress in an elegant colour, such as black or navy. Your gown must have a feminine silhouette, such as a wrap or ruffle trim. An embellished clutch and strappy heeled sandals will complement your ensemble effortlessly.